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Dr. Michael Pyle, biology professor, recognized by Hendricks Regional Health

Posted: Nov 21, 2013

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Whether serving in the classroom, the lab or the surgery suite, Dr. Michael Pyle serves in the name of Jesus Christ.

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Dr. Michael Pyle (center) receiving 2013 Treat People Better Award from Kevin Speer, CEO of Hendricks Regional Health, and Sue Bogan, executive director of Hendricks Regional Health Foundation

From Indiana farm boy to respected surgeon, medical missionary and professor. In each place where God called him to serve, Dr. Michael Pyle has responded with the love of Jesus Christ. The results of his commitment are obvious among the patients he has treated and the students he has taught.

On November 16, Dr. Pyle was recognized by Hendricks Regional Health Foundation, Danville, Ind., and received the 2013 Treat People Better Award. Among the guests at the ceremony were his wife, Nancy, and his parents, Ken and Julie Pyle.

Beginning a life of service

“This honor has prodded me to look back over my life,” Dr. Pyle said when accepting the award. “I see God’s fingerprints all over my life. I’ve been imprinted by His love, a love channeled to me by many wonderful people all around the world.

“I’m here, receiving this award, because I have witnessed how my parents ‘treat people better’ over their lifetimes. So how could I do otherwise?”

Dr. Pyle credits his parents with providing him his first mission experience. Together, they provided food and toys for the families of migrant workers in their hometown. “They didn’t speak a word of English, and we didn’t speak a word of Spanish,” he recalls. “But for a few hours, we got by.”

Continuing God’s work

Among his many professional accomplishments in his 30-year medical career, Dr. Pyle has provided outstanding care for patients — not only in Indiana, but also in Papua New Guinea, Haiti, and Swaziland and Rwanda in Africa. He is respected and admired by the hundreds of students he has taught and mentored at both Hendricks Regional Health and Olivet.

Following the completion of his residency program in 1983, Dr. Pyle joined the practice of Dr. Tom Hibblen in Danville, Ind. Three years later, he and his family began the first of two two-year terms of service at RFM Hospital in Swaziland. Upon completion of the second term, Dr. Pyle resumed practice at Hendricks, eventually serving as vice chief and then chief of staff for Hendricks Regional Health. During those years, he also served as an associate pastor for Avon Community Church of the Nazarene.

In 2008, after serving 25 years with Hendricks, Dr. Pyle accepted his next challenge from the Lord when he joined Olivet’s faculty. In addition to teaching several courses, he especially enjoys the medical mission trips that he shares with Nancy — a nursing professor at Olivet — and his students. They work together for a month during summer breaks at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea.

And to no one’s surprise, Dr. Pyle continues to serve on a part-time basis at Hendricks Regional Health, taking weekend “on call” assignments and filling in for colleagues over the summer months.

Always mindful of blessings

Dr. and Mrs. Pyle are the parents of three children, and they have two grandchildren.

“Nancy and I have been extraordinarily blessed,” he adds. “We often feel like singing David’s song: ‘Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. … I will praise the Lord who counsels me.’”


 
1907

The School that would later be known as "Olivet Nazarene University" was founded with 36 students in a one-room schoolhouse near Georgetown, Ill.